West Palm Beach to Provide Marketing, Financial Support to Businesses

West Palm Beach to Provide Marketing, Financial Support to Businesses

West Palm Beach businesses impacted by COVID-19 will soon get a boost from the City of West Palm Beach. Last night, Mayor Keith A. James and City Commissioners reviewed a marketing campaign to support local restaurants and shops. Additionally, Commissioners unanimously (4-0) approved a resolution creating an economic recovery fund to provide financial assistance to businesses adversely affected by COVID-19.

The marketing campaign, originating in the City’s Department of Economic Development, aims to encourage residents to support local businesses from the comfort of their own home while maintaining social distancing. Called “West Palm Eats,” the campaign encourages users to dine and shop from home while supporting their local business community. Residents can expect to start seeing web-based and social media-based ads targeting online users in West Palm Beach and surrounding zip codes. 

Additionally, the City has created a landing page on its website, where residents can locate a list of businesses that are offering pickup and delivery options. To visit: https://www.wpb.org/our-city/west-palm-eats.

Restaurant and business owners are invited and welcome to participate. To be a part of the campaign, please send your business name, web address, and menu to ecodev@wpb.org. (To help us ensure ADA compliance on our website, please provide your menu in Word as we are unable to accept PDF files.)  

A COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund is now being established by the City of West Palm Beach. Last night, Commissioners approved setting aside $259,000 to be used to help small businesses in the form of short-term micro-loans of $10,000 or less. The funds will be allocated through a local community bank where the terms and conditions will be defined. Additional details will soon follow on how to apply for this assistance.

“We know that many business owners, employees and residents are suffering greatly right now as a result of COVID-19,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “Beyond its health impacts, COVID-19’s economic impacts are being felt throughout our city. We are committed to doing everything we can to support our local business community. The establishment of a marketing campaign and recovery fund are two of the ways the City of West Palm Beach is rising to that challenge.”

“The pandemic is requiring all levels of government to come forward with resources and assistance to help our community and work together with our local businesses to ensure that all come out stronger after these difficult times pass,” said Economic Development Director Christopher Roog. 

Restaurants nationwide are urging people to participate in The Great American Takeout on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to support the restaurant industry.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:

Support local businesses through the Corona Virus Crisis

Support local businesses through the Corona Virus Crisis

Times are tough for our local businesses – as of right now bars and nightclubs are closed. Restaurants are allowed to remain open with a max capacity of 50 & rules about how close tables can be to each other.

Other local businesses deemed “non-essential” are being required to close or greatly reduce their hours.

Update:

At this point in time there has not been any official guidance we are moving into all “non-essential” business closures. There will be a list of specific businesses to either be closed or have modified services, like restaurants only allowing for pickup or delivery but not a wide-scale business shut down.

County Commissioner Gregg Weiss

I’ve created this list of as many links to local businesses as were sent to me or I found on line. If I missed your business please email me.

Note that nothing in this article is to be considered medical advice. If I mention something is open I am not recommending you go out, or that you put your, or people you come in contact with, health at risk. Please do your own research and decide if going out is the right option for you.

Having said that, I have gone to several local businesses over the last few days (brewery, dentist, shops, etc) and they have all been very conscious of the current health crisis and have gone out of their way to institute “no-touch” policy, and wiping everything purchased down with antibacterial wipes before handing them to me.

Please also consider supporting local businesses through buying gift cards and/or any swag (hats/t-shirts) that they sell. You can do this whether you go out or not.

Visit WPB Downtown Development Authority’s COVID-19 page for updates on status of businesses and resources available.

Thanks Libby Vision Photography for contributing to this list.

Local Food Delivery Services

Go Cravy is a local delivery service which will pick up your food and bring it to you. There is a $15 minimum order size & a flat $5 delivery fee and driver tips are not included. Place your order at GoCravy.com

Delivery Dudes delivers food from local restaurants to your house. They have a dynamic delivery fees structure with pricing as low as $1.99 (all fees are transparent and can be seen at the time of the order. The average delivery time is 45 minutes. Place your order at DeliveryDudes.com

South Dixie Highway

Table 26 is open with adjusted hours & limited seating. They are offering 10% off orders for curbside pickup or complimentary delivery. Gift cards are available for Easter and Mother’s Day. Call (561)-855-2660 or visit Table 26 on Facebook

Maison Carlos is a small restaurant with only 11 tables. We are only open for dinner so our days have always, and will continue to be for shopping for the freshest ingredients and making sure the restaurant is at its cleanest. If you’d prefer to enjoy our cuisine at home during this time we will be offering curbside pick and for some locations delivery 🚗🍴 visit Maison Carlos on Facebook.

Don Romon now has curbside pickup available – call 561 547 8704 to order or Visit Don Ramon on Facebook

Nearly New Store is open on Friday & Saturday – call (561) 655-3230 for updates – Antique Row at 3611 S Dixie Hwy,

Downtown

Restaurants / Bars that are closed

  • O’Shea’s Irish Pub
  • E. R. Bradley’s
  • Gracie Barra – until March 23

Restaurants offering Carryout/Delivery

at Hullabaloo Chef Fritz Cassel is cookin’ up copious amounts of Spaghetti & Meatballs today 🍝🍝🍝 Stop in, order to-go 561.833.1033. Or order online at UberEats, PostMates, DoorDash! We’re here from 11am to 10pm – Visit Hullabaloo online

Kabuki Sushi Thai Tapas Free Delivery with code ‘stayin’ – See Kabuki online promotion here.

Avocado Grill closed their PGA location – West Palm Beach is open for dine in and take out. Visit Avocado Grill online

Fitness Hub is by appointment only

We are all searching for a sense of normalcy. Shopping improves ones mood and can help with depression or stress. We are still open for the boutique and private shopping! Call us to schedule an appointment 561-408-0885

Visit Fitness Hub on Facebook

Aioli West Palm Beach is open for business in both locations! Downtown will have pick-up dinners.

Have you Met Kevin? He is usually out Delivering Wholesale Bread…. Now He is Out Delivering Lunches In Downtown… Call in Your Order for Downtown Delivery 561-444-3842

Visit Aioli online

Legends of Xscape: Open for private games. I assume we will be closed in the near future but a great way to support our business is to buy a gift voucher. We are offering 30% discount on all gift vouchers today- March 31st. Promo code MARCH30. vouchers do not expire, can be used at any time and are an excellent gift for any occasion. – Visit Legends of Xscape online

West Palm Beach Escape Rooms is Offering private rooms at no extra cost. Facility is sanitized before and after each group. Visit WPB Escape Rooms online

Picnic Fashion is online at picnicfashion.com. Visit and save 20% on your entire purchase. Enter code PICNIC at checkout. Orders are shipped within 24 hours. Window shopping is also highly recommended! Fill your new picnic basket with takeout and drinks from one of the many local restaurants and head to a local park to enjoy. Shop small, shop local.- Visit Picnic Fashion online

Visit Palm Beach is offering private catamaran cruises for groups of 10 or less at a very discounted rate! Also you can use discount code VPBLOYALTY for 25% off any public cruise from April 10-Sept 10. Visit Palm Beach on Facebook

D is for DOG is open and would like to offer 1/2 off D.I.Y.’s. 🐾🐾🐾. We also carry a large variety of natural treats as well as FROMM and Stella & Chewy. Visit D is for Dog online

Allstar Martial Arts Academy is offering virtual training as well as small group training sessions (limited to 10 students per class) during this difficult time. Programs include Kid, Teen, and Adult Martial Arts & Fitness and Fitness Kickboxing. Classes are challenging and fun! Students burn calories and energy while learning self defense and martial arts. Visit Allstar Martial Arts Academy Online

GROW – Free delivery or curbside pickup for GROW plant project boxes and free Skype plant consults. Visit GROW on Facebook

The Lash Boutique WPB – COVID-19 sale 19% off Lash Sets. Visit The Lash Boutique on Instagram.

Lila Life is offering Free meditation at 12pm, power processing group coaching sessions $15 Tuesday’s 12-12:45pm, 30 minute free coaching session, all zoom based. www.lilalife.co or linda@lilalife.co

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is closed until further notice. If you are interested in using our library services virtually the library has a wide variety of digital offerings for library cardholders, including e-books and audiobooks, streaming TV and movies, music downloads, databases and more. Visit wpb.org/digitallibrary for more information on how to Connect 24/7 to the library.

Those who don’t have a library card can apply for it online or call 561-868-7701. This card will provide immediate access to the library’s digital content for a year. Your new card will be mailed to you. Once the library is back open, use your card to check out books at the library!

Grandview Market

All of Grandview’s food vendors are available for curbside pickup and delivery during normal hours. (Clare’s Kitchen, Lechon Tropical, Locanta, Pizza Paradise, Poke Lab Eatery, Pumphouse Coffee Roasters, Ramen Lab Eatery, Sugar Milk, Tropical Crepes, Zipitios)

Bohemian Groove on the Move is open online only. – Visit Bohemian Groove on the Move online

Composition Coffee has their full menu available for curbside pickup. – Visit Composition Coffee online

Quinn inside Grandview is still selling their items online. – Visit Quinn online

Gypsy Life Surf Shop is open online and can coordinate local delivery and pickup. – Visit Gypsy Life Surf Shop online

Sola Salons is still open, but has taken extra precautions for ventilation and sanitation. – Visit Sola Salons online

Steel Tie Spirits is selling bottles in their distillery. They are running a discount special on white rum.

We’ve expand our Thursday-thru-Sunday hours. We’ll open at 11am and close at 8pm. We invite you to call our house line (561-623-0961) to place orders that we’ll gladly pre-package and walk out to your car once you arrive. As always, we gladly accept all major credit cards or cash. We’re extending the “quarantine discount” of $5 off our bottles for the foreseeable future, making everything just $19.99 + tax.

Visit Steel Tie Spirits online

Surfing Florida Museum is conducting private tours. They are also accepting online donations. – Visit Surfing Florida Museum online

Other local restaurants and businesses to support.

  • Stage – offering curbside delivery for lunch and dinner
  • Oceana Coffee – Free shipping with Covid19 code
  • Pumphouse Coffee – Free shipping
  • Benny’s on the Beach – purchase gift cards online!
  • Crazy Uncle Mike’s – offering dinner package specials, cool tshirts
  • Saltwater brewery has some awesome merchandise you can order right off their website
  • Renato’s Palm Beach Offering Delivery
  • M.E.A.T – Boca – selling hats, tshirt and mango chipotle
  • Chef Joe Bonavaita from EatSTK, Miami selling “Chef Daddy” apparel: https://chefjoebonavita.com
  • Buccan and Grato are offering curbside delivery
  • Oceaono Kitchen selling hats for $20 and High Dive aprons – buy at Oceano Kitchen.
  • Sunshine Provisions – offering no minimum orders – has produce, dairy, dry goods and specialty goods.
  • PB Catch – offering curbside carryout and delivery – reduced hours as per Town of Palm Beach curfew.
  • Regional – Offering curbside takeout and delivery
  • Lion Country Safari has the 4-mile drive through safari open – guests are “contained in their vehicle and the animals roam free”. Special admission is $15 per person.
  • Swank Farms Farmers Market has 11 vendors spread out under a huge open air pole barn. Please come see us and support small local businesses. 10am to 1pm Swank Farm 14311 North Road. Loxahatchee
Inagural Pride on the BLK  – comes to the #500BLK

Inagural Pride on the BLK – comes to the #500BLK

At 5pm each Friday 500 Block of Clematis Street is closed to vehicular traffic.

Tables from Hullabaloo, Kapow!, Oshea’s and Lost Weekend spill out onto the the street. Where the large oak trees don’t provide shade, oversized umbrellas are brought out.

There is a large chess board, and chess pieces are set up. There’s Connect 4, artists, vendors, and plenty of ping pong tables.

The party which is affectionately known as #500Blk continues through Sunday night when the road is once again open to traffic.

So far the events have been fantastic – Mardi Gras for kids in Pahokee, RAINBOWpalooza,

On Sunday we’re celebrating the first annual …

Pride on the BLK

Pride on the BLK is a lively multi-generational and family-friendly event infused with live music, art, games, and live performances. The event begins at 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 8 2020
4-10PM 500 Clematis Street

Pride on the BLK will feature a Drag Show, Variety Show, dance party, art exhibition, food, drinks & games. It will serve as the official kickoff celebration of this year’s Palm Beach Pride on March 28th and 29th in Lake Worth — Presented by Compass Community Center.

The event is sponsored by The Box Gallery and Palm Beach County Human Rights Coalition. All proceeds go to benefit non-profit, Transpire Help.

Get more information here.

Thoroughfare opens today with 7 vendors & a scavenger hunt.

Thoroughfare opens today with 7 vendors & a scavenger hunt.

The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) have teamed up to bring new life to Clematis Street with a pop-up, innovative market and retail hub that introduces “Thoroughfare” to Downtown West Palm Beach. Officially opening on Friday, February 28, 2020, Thoroughfare showcases an eclectic group of merchants piloting their concepts on the porch at 314 Clematis Street. The first seven merchants will sell products including food and beverage, clothing, greenery and more. The Thoroughfare pop-up will remain in place until construction in the building commences.

Designed to be an incubator for new businesses, each vendor in Thoroughfare will have individually set hours of operation with majority open on Saturdays. Featured offerings in the pop-up include some familiar names like Oceana Coffee, Cider Donuts and Dina’s Vegan Deli. Owner of popular vegan snack Chunkie Dunkies, will introduce their new concept “Dina’s Vegan Deli” which will offer plant-based cheesesteaks on the weekends. Meanwhile, newcomer and mother-daughter team Bubbly Boba will bring classic Asian teas and drinks featuring tapioca pearls.

In addition, two clothing stores, After5Lux and OddFellows, will be offering stylish options for women and men respectively. Lastly, GROW, a new company aimed to help people live more biophilic, or nature-centric lifestyles will sell succulents and provide services to host mobile parties and events.

“Thoroughfare is a truly local effort to drive unique small businesses into our Downtown district,” said Sherryl Muriente, Manager of Urban Placemaking at the DDA. “Even down to our marketing efforts, design work and build-out, every aspect of Thoroughfare has been created by people who are focused in making our local community thrive.”

Local contribution to this project includes design work by Adam Sheetz of No. 9 Creative, general contracting work from Ben Etheridge, owner of Steel Tie Spirits, and a fun social media scavenger hunt campaign designed by Andres Espinoza of Gamelab, located inside 1909. Designed to drive foot traffic to Thoroughfare, Espinoza’s scavenger hunt will consist of seven creative weekly challenges to engage teams and provide a fun experience of the Downtown district.

“Every scavenger hunt challenge is created to generate awareness on what Downtown West Palm Beach has to offer from an artistic, historic, and cultural perspective,” explained Espinoza. “Not only will the initiative drive business to Thoroughfare, it will also help residents and visitors experience the area in a whole new way.”

Fiesta on Flagler – West Palm’s grandest waterfront party – is back!

Fiesta on Flagler – West Palm’s grandest waterfront party – is back!

Short version: The second annual Fiesta on Flagler (theme: Dia los muertos) is taking place on March 13th, 2020 (Friday the 13th). Tickets are $75/per person and the money goes to support Family Promise & the South End Neighborhood Association.

Friday, March 13th – Flagler Drive
Don’t wait – get your tickets today.

Long version (in which I will do my best to convince you to buy a ticket & join the party):

In a town where you have a party happening every night, at some of the most amazing/opulent venues. It takes a lot to stand out in the crowd.

When planning the first Fiesta on Flagler, we chose not to use one of the standard party venues, but to focus on the natural beauty of West Palm Beach. It was the right choice.

The first Fiesta on Flagler was amazing. It was a beautiful night, with an spectacularly decorated tent on Flagler Drive. Hundreds of friends and neighbors came to enjoy the food, music & dancing.

We had all our restaurants serving Latin-themed food. Los Altos Jalisco, Dr Limon Ceviche Bar, Don Ramon, Aioli, Galley at Hilton, Table 26. There were three bars, with local craft beer, margaritas and other mixed drinks.

Of course there was a mariachi band & cigar rollers.

We had so much fun last year, we’re doing it all over again. This year is going to be twice as big!

Check out our amazing food & drink vendors!

We’ve got more food & drink, new sponsors a bigger tent, more music and more fun. Everything is ready – all we need is you! Don’t miss it. Get your ticket now.

The team from Table 26

We had over 100 people partying in the street into the night!

Despite our best efforts to get the word out last year, we still had people who were surprised and delighted find this festive event during their evening walk with their dog. Some of whom went home, changed and came out to join the party!

Tell your friends

Did you get your ticket yet? OK, let’s continue.

Where is my money going? Tickets are $75 – all food and drinks are included! Unlike some events which serve small portions and tastes, at Fiesta on Flagler YOU WILL NOT GO HOME HUNGRY.

Our amazing vendors are donating the food and drinks, the city worked with us on permitting costs for closing the road (it’s a complex process), so all the money raised is going directly to benefit South End Neighborhood Association and Family Promise of North & Central Palm Beach.

In the first Fiesta on Flagler we raised over $18,000 for the following non-profits.

The South End Neighborhood Association was formed in 2004. Our neighborhood in West Palm Beach, Florida is bounded by Southern Boulevard to the north, the Lake Worth spillway to the south, the intracoastal waterway to the east, and the FEC railway tracks to the west. There are more than 2,500 homes in the South End. Currently we have over 300 households as members and SENA is growing fast!

Family Promise is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to helping homeless families in our community regain their independence. Currently in Palm Beach County, there are nearly 2000 homeless children registered in Palm Beach County Schools. We invite you to learn more about us and perhaps endeavor to help us in our mission. All donations to Family Promise are tax deductible.

Don’t wait till the last minute. Grab that ticket before they are gone!

City of West Palm Beach + Waze = Real-time traffic information. 😊🚗

City of West Palm Beach + Waze = Real-time traffic information. 😊🚗

Construction is happening around town. The 100 & 300 Blocks of Clematis are closed for the Green Market. The 500 Block of Clematis now host the awesome and car-free 500BLK party every weekend till March.

The Palm Beach Boat show will close Flagler for several weeks, and SunFest will start immediately thereafter.

Sometimes it’s enough to make you 👿

Fear not! The City of West Palm Beach just partnered with Waze GPS App (owned by Google) to update the public with real-time traffic information.

So now before you leave your house you can map out your route to avoid road closures and traffic.

The city is using the Waze for Cities partnership to accomplish this.

Waze’s primary goal is to be your partner in mobility. That means getting Waze-reported incident data to government officials who can help, whether it’s a five-car pile-up or a pothole. It means getting data from government partners to ensure Waze drivers have the best real-time, location-based information about what’s happening in their communities. And of course helping cities improve congestion, sustainability, and access through carpooling.

Waze for Cities website.
Downtown road closures seen on Waze
Downtown road closures seen on Waze

Check out these case studies that show how Waze has worked with other cities.

“The City is increasingly using data and technology to help improve the lives of our citizens, business owners, and visitors,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “The information-sharing partnership with Waze helps us to communicate with the public and inform decisions. This is one of many steps we are taking to utilize technology to improve quality of life and shape our city’s future.”

You can also learn about road closures at these links.

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